Time To Travel

Finally, it's time to travel! I'll be leaving in a few days: first for London (think Chelsea Flower Show) and then to Manchester to stay with daughter and her husband. Yes, it's very exciting!

By |2021-09-17T13:01:17-04:00September 15, 2021|Travel|

IS IT REALLY YOU, LIBBY?

Oh, I know. It’s been many months!

So here we are. All of us at home; some of us are beginning to emerge.

How are you doing?

The weeks turned into months and now..well..maybe you are socializing just a bit? I have a collection of masks: do you? I wear one always; not always color coordinated, but that’s life! I do generally find them hot, oh so hot, and awkward and naturally I would prefer not to wear one. I’m sure you have your own source(s) for masks, but here are several I would recommend:

 

jillian rene mask This is my #1 choice from Jillian Rene Decor! Sophisticated, contemporary, unisex, well made.

I just discovered this one and really like it. All cotton. And, no ear loops. It comes in different sizes. I find these with the elastic bands are very comfortable.

Cotton face mask All cotton, and no ear loops! This is from Proper Cloth

My husband and I both love the gaiter mask option. They are very comfortable, easy to slide down when you don’t […]

By |2020-06-10T17:05:15-04:00June 9, 2020|8 McDowell, Inspiration|

TO LONDON IN NOVEMBER

London in November: will it be cold? rainy? sunny?
It is anyone’s guess! So best to be prepared for any kind of weather, right?
I am very fortunate to be able to stay with my daughter in her flat: you know how that saves on the emergency sweater (sorry…jumper!) , hair dryer, lotions and potions etc.

Last year I was there in early October and every day was glorious! No rain at all. My day at Great Dixter was so beautiful. But this year, a month later, could be quite different.

The coat.

Nordstrom Rack 

I can’t believe how perfect this coat is! Perfect length. Zipper works very well but it also has snaps. The hood zips off but is great as is. Nice pockets. For $99.00 it is a definite WIN!

P.S. I ordered a Medium although I am usually a Small. Reviewers said it ran a bit small; the Medium is perfect.

 

How about a nice cozy sweater in tunic style? I love tunics of all kinds; I am not tall, measuring barely 5’4″, and I always feel a longer tunic makes me look a bit taller and just works well for my body type. And, most importantly, I feel good in […]

By |2021-06-02T13:12:04-04:00October 20, 2019|Travel|

LENTIL SOUP: A ONE-POT RECIPE

This one pot recipe for lentil soup might be the best ever!

I do not know where it comes from…so apologies to the author for no credit. Really, I can’t remember how I came upon it about year ago. But everything goes in ONE POT!

No browning the onions first, no garlic slowly simmered. Just chop the ingredients, measure the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and put it all into the pot.

 

LENTIL SOUP: A ONE-POT RECIPE
 
 
If you’re not crazy about the tarteness of vinegar, then go easy on the white balsamic here. I like Colavita..and like the full amount! But you can always add it in.
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2-3 quarts
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups French green lentils
  • […]

By |2021-06-01T16:22:32-04:00October 13, 2019|Cooking|

TRAVEL TO COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA

It was time for another travel adventure..so off we went to
Coastal North Carolina
No, not a beach, but Pamlico Sound and the historic towns of Washington, Bath and Belhaven.

Our room was right on the water (it was actually in a marina) so we had these gorgeous views:

 

Our adventures took place around these towns:

 

Let’s talk about the cotton fields. We had seen a bit of cotton grown on the way to Savannah and Charleston but NEVER anything on this scale.There were fields and fields, as far as the eye could see, filled with puffy white cotton balls. It was HOT out there. We stopped several times to get a closeup look at the plants, the bolls, and the process. I had never, ever really seen or known just how awful it would be to go out in those fields day after day. Back breaking and soul breaking work. Now, of course, it is all picked by machine. But I cannot imagine picking by hand: the plants and bolls are rough and ragged, the soil is parched and overgrown with weeds and the sun. Well, the heat and sun were almost unbearable to us after ten minutes out there.

Cotton fields

By |2019-10-06T21:36:22-04:00October 6, 2019|Travel|
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